Monday, December 31, 2012

A Reflection of His Light

For the Bowie family, Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus and to reflect upon what his birth means to us.  This year when the Christmas season came we were trying to get reestablished from our house fire. Each day was long and I personally felt stretched to encourage and assist my husband in all of his tasks and care for the children, as well as to make our temporary house a home. 

When it came time for our annual 12 days of Christmas and our winter break, my heart yearned to reach out to others, to display His love. There was so much on my plate, yet we all desired to bless others as we had in the past and that’s what we did. We put the daunting tasks of the fire aside and started baking and preparing for our outreach projects. We also shopped for other children and gathered food from our pantry.  As we did that, God did what God does; He was our provider.  He sent ones to share their Christmas decorations, ones to shop for our family, ones to share from the treasures of their heart and home.  I became overwhelmed with His goodness.

In this, a time that could be very dark, Jesus has been our light. He has shown us much grace. He has provided us with His goodness through His people; family, friends and strangers. When the fire happened I prayed “Lord please don’t let us go through this alone“. For we were so ignorant as to how to handle a situation such as this. But God! He is a light unto our path providing us with much wisdom and peace. He guided us to focus not on ourselves, but on others and He so kindly focused on us. What an awesome God!

As always, on Christmas morning each of us had an opportunity to share what the birth of Jesus means to us personally. I was so moved by the responses of our children; they saw Jesus as our light, our sustainer, our provider, our God. Their testimony of His goodness, through this fire, blessed my heart. Oh, for each of them to recognize Him for themselves. What a Christmas gift!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

To know Him

It has been one month since we lost our home to the fire and praise God he has kept us close to Him and close to each other.  I consider myself a pretty strong, organized woman with much patience, but this trial is one of those situations that stretches you. I realize all my attributes, gifts and talents are simply not enough; I alone am inadequate:
Strong not sovereign...
Organized not omniscient...
Patient not perfect...
I need Him throughout each day.  There  have been so many things we do not know except to ask Jesus who is omniscient, other things that are beyond our control, so we seek him because he is sovereign and just when the day seems like it's going to be normal things happen that are beyond our control and patience just isn't enough, but, Jesus.  

 I wept at the thought of our loss today and then just gave the Lord praise because I am so glad to know Him.  I would not be standing with peace and joy if it were not for me truly knowing Him, his voice and his promises.  Please pray that when we (the Bowies) are weak we will simply call on His name and trust Him for he is our strong tower.  The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. (Proverbs 18:10)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Virtue Family Fun Camp 2012

Are you organized and ready to enjoy the summer? I'm not, but I am looking forward to a great time of reflection, relaxation with my family and sweet fellowship with friends! And, I hope you will consider joining me for Virtue Family Fun Camp 2012 which includes Book Review, Lunch, Craft, Sun Fun Park Activity and Mom/Daughter Book Discussion and Prayer each week. We will meet on Mondays beginning, Monday, June 11, 2012, 1:15-4:00 through Monday, August 6, 2012 at Lazelle Road Park in Westerville. Please pack a lunch, snacks and water and bring your craft supplies and outdoor sports equipment each week.

The book we will discuss is "Preparing to be a Helpmeet, by Debi Pearl". I am so excited to read and discuss this book with my daughter and each of you! I have heard great things about this book. I have been encouraged and my life enriched by reading "Created to be a Helpmeet", by Debi Pearl, I refer to it often, as it has become a consistent source of correction and inspiration for me as a helpmeet. My hope is that mothers and daughters as well as any young lady considering to married in the days to come, will take this opportunity to learn and grow in knowledge and wisdom, faith and truth as we walk through this book together. The book can be ordered through No Greater Joy Ministry for $19.95 plus shipping. I have only a few left that I pre-ordered at total cost of $21 (including shipping), if interested contact me asap.